Aleecia M. McDonald's research focuses on the public policy issues of Internet privacy, and includes user expectations for Do Not Track, behavioral economics and mental models of privacy, and the efficacy of industry self regulation. She co-chaired, and remains active in, the WC3’s Tracking Protection Working Group, an ongoing effort to establish international standards for a Do Not Track mechanism that users can enable to request enhanced privacy online. This effort brings together over 100 international stakeholders from industry, academia, civil society, privacy advocates, and regulators to reach an open, consensus-based multi-party agreement that will establish a baseline for what sites must do when they comply with an incoming request for user privacy. Aleecia’s decade of experience working in software startups adds a practical focus to her academic work, and she was a Senior Privacy Researcher for Mozilla (part-time, 2011-12,) while working for CIS as a Resident Fellow (part-time, 2011-12.) She holds a PhD in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon where she studied online privacy as a member of the Cylab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) research laboratory. Her findings have been featured in media outlets such as the Washington Post, Ars Technica, Free Press' Media Minute. She has presented findings in testimony to the California Assembly, and contributed to testimony before the United States Senate and the Federal Trade Commission.
This week I had a request for privacy information that went something like this:
I am starting a new project and expect people to search my name online. There are search results that give personal information about me, including my address, phone number, and weight. How can I get rid of those search results?
The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School launched a new online privacy initiative today called the “Cookie Clearinghouse,” which will empower Internet users to make informed choices about online privacy. The Cookie Clearinghouse is being spearheaded by Aleecia M. McDonald, the Director of Privacy at CIS. Read more » about Center for Internet and Society Launches “Cookie Clearinghouse” to Enable User Choice for Online Tracking
"But Aleecia McDonald, a privacy expert at Stanford Law School, said the nature of the dispute indicates an overarching political solution might not be as forthcoming as businesses hope because of the dramatically different way the U.S. and EU view the problem.
The U.S. bases its data-collection programs on national security, an issue that can be difficult to compromise around. The European court made its decision using a strict human rights framework, Ms. McDonald pointed out. Read more » about Local Solutions Key for Companies in U.S-EU Privacy Dispute
"Jonathan Mayer's education path is unusual: He has earned a Stanford law degree while working on his PhD in computer science. He did research with a fellow doctoral candidate to discredit NSA claims that sensitive information about American citizens cannot be gleaned in the "metadata" the spy agency gathers from millions of phone calls." Read more » about As a Stanford engineering student and lawyer, Jonathan Mayer discredits NSA claims
"Since the dawn of the Internet, the design of privacy notices has remained much the same—miles of dense print that it would take a heroic effort to read. In fact, Aleecia McDonald and Lorrie Cranor calculated in 2008 that it would take an individual American an average of 244 hours to read the privacy notices of all the sites they visit annually—and it’s doubtful that the situation’s gotten any better in the last six years." Read more » about California Wants to Make Online Privacy Policies a Little More Understandable
""I applaud the California Attorney General's publication of best practices for communicating with citizens about privacy. Their common-sense recommendations are clear, readable, useful, and mercifully short. Companies will understand how to comply with the letter and spirit of California transparency laws. In particular, I am delighted to see a light-touch legislative approach for transparency around Do Not Track," says Aleecia McDonald, director of privacy at the Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School." Read more » about California offers privacy policies and do not track disclosures guide
"Aleecia McDonald is the director of privacy at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. She notes that "such as" opens the gates for just about anything. "It's not an exhaustive list," she said. "I read this as, 'We take everything we can get.'"" Read more » about What you really agree to when you click 'accept'
Come meet CIS and hear about our exciting work and ways to get involved.
You will meet:
Barbara van Schewick - Associate Professor of Law and Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Jennifer Granick - Director - Civil Liberties
Aleecia McDonald - Director - Privacy Read more » about Meet the Center for Internet and Society 2014
For more information and to register for this free event, please visit: http://law.scu.edu/ai1ec_event/california-state-assembly-hearing-on-priv...
Please join SCU Law alumnus Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski and others for an enlightening inquiry into online privacy and consumer protection in our digital world. Read more » about Balancing Privacy and Opportunity in the Internet Age
The Privacy Identity Innovation conference will focus on where innovation is heading, what it means for the future of privacy and identity, and how businesses can better build trust in the data-driven economy. Topics that will be explored at pii2013 include wearable tech, the Internet of Things, big data and mobile advertising and confirmed speakers include experts from LifeLock, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, Forrester, Disney, Life360, Smart Things, AVG, Intel, the FTC, CDT and Stanford's Center for Internet of Society. Read more » about 4th Annual Privacy Identity Innovation Conference
Peninsula Peace & Justice Center presents a conversation with Robert Scheer, author and journalist, and Aleecia McDonald, fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, hosted by Paul George, Director of PPJC. Scheer is the author of "They Know Everything About You, How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy." Read more » about They Know Everything About You
More than nine billion devices around the world are currently connected to the Internet, including computers and smartphones. That number is expected to increase dramatically within the next decade, with estimates ranging from quintupling to 50 billion devices to reaching one trillion. Please join us for a discussion of how the Internet of Things will impact the way we live, the way business is done and how resources are consumed. Read more » about The Internet of Things: Global Implications of Merging the Physical and Digital Worlds
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Moderator: Aleecia McDonald - Stanford CIS Director of Privacy Read more » about Lightbeam - Illuminating Online Tracking
As part of the Global Data Protection policy workshop at this year’s Privacy Identity Innovation conference, we hosted a session titled “Data Collection and Consent: Next Steps for Digital Advertising” that looked at the status of the do not track debate, what might happen going forward and the impact these efforts may have on consumers and companies. Read more » about Data Collection & Consent: Next Steps for Digital Advertising